BEIRUT: Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi Saturday asked the state prosecutor to find and punish those involved a controversial video that went viral last week and shows men shooting in the air and vowing to “liberate Baabda.”
Rifi said in a statement that he referred the video to the prosecution’s office. The video was widely shared on social media and aired on some local television stations Friday, with some media reporting that it featured people celebrating Resistance and Liberation Day on May 25.
Those being filmed were reported to be members of Hezbollah.
“In hopes of liberating all of Baabda from the coming president,” one man says to the camera, to which the person filming the scene responds, “Amen.”
Rifi said the video harmed national security and incited sectarian strife, both crimes punishable by law.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 02, 2014, on page 3.